National Grid has compiled the following list of steps to take prior to Hurricane Sandy:
- Before lowering a TV antenna or satellite dish, make sure to turn off and unplug the TV, and avoid power lines.
- Turn off all swimming pool pumps and filters, and wrap them in waterproof materials.
- Turn the refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings ahead of time to keep food fresh longer in the event of a power outage.
- Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment.
- When working on a ladder, look up and note the location of power lines before beginning. Be sure that ladders or scaffolds are far enough away so that the person – and the ends of the tools they're using – don't come within 10 feet of power lines.
Prepare a family emergency kit with items including:
- Water. The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day.
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- First aid kit.
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Local maps.
- Cell phone with chargers
One might also want to include:
- Prescription medications and glasses.
- Infant formula and diapers.
- Pet food and extra water for pets.
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
- Fire extinguisher.
- Matches in a waterproof container.
- Personal hygiene items.
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels.
- Paper and pencil.
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.
Westborough Patch is monitoring the storm.